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is an option for output streams and for cells which specifies how wide each line of text should be allowed to be.
  • Possible settings for output streams are:
Infinityan infinite width (no linebreaking)
nexplicit width in characters
  • SetOptions[stream, PageWidth->val] resets the line width allowed for an open stream.
  • Possible settings for cells are:
WindowWidththe width of the window on the screen
PaperWidththe width of the page as it would be printed
nexplicit width given in printer's points
  • PageWidth->WindowWidth allows each line to use the full width of the displayed window, taking into account settings for CellMargins.
Set the PageWidth to be 60 characters for a stream:
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Click for copyable input
Set the PageWidth to be 30 characters for a stream:
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Click for copyable input
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